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WE ARE PARKS AND RECREATION
Outdoor Programming for Any Department
By Jared Barkley, CPRP
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s a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) stay-at-home orders
many parts of the country experienced last year, people of all
ages and backgrounds found themselves longing to be outdoors
and socializing with others. After all, one could argue that it is
what we were created to do. As agencies begin to reopen and look at phasing
in program opportunities, you may find yourself looking to " strike while the
iron is hot, " as community members are looking for outdoor opportunities.
Outdoor programs in your community
not only benefit participants'
health and wellness, but also
benefit the health of the community
through sharing a common experience
with neighbors from other
backgrounds. Moreover, outdoor
programs also can benefit the health
of the land. We live in an age where
individuals are likely to know more
about the Amazon rainforest from
being taught about it in school than
their local national forest or state
park. As Richard Louv puts it in
his book, Last Child in the Woods,
" ...People are unlikely to value
what they cannot name. " The land
benefits from people learning more
about the resources surrounding the
places they live and how to conserve
and care for them.
What would it take to start an
outdoor
program that balances
experience with education within
your agency that might also be
cash-strapped and facing budget
challenges?
First, you will need to identify
a staff member who is enthusiastic
about the great outdoors. It is
a wonderful asset to your community
if your local agency employs
someone with a background in
biology or environmental science,
but this is not a necessity. The rePeople
participate in a Fly Fishing 101 class
at Lamar Park in Oxford, Mississippi.
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